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Voting against Iran agreement will isolate US: Analyst

The United States will become isolated internationally if the nuclear agreement with Iran is rejected by Congress, says Hallinan.

The United States will become isolated internationally if the nuclear agreement with Iran is rejected by Congress, a political analyst in Berkeley, California says.

“The United States and Iran are not the only two people (nations) involved in these discussions,” said Conn Hallinan, a columnist for Foreign Policy in Focus, a think tank based in Washington, DC.

The P5+1 group of countries--the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia plus Germany – “have endorsed the agreement and they’re not going to reject it,” Hallinan told Press TV on Wednesday.

“So the United States will be completely isolated internationally” if Congress rejects the nuclear accord, he added.

US President Barack Obama plans to tell Congress on Wednesday that it would be a “historic mistake” to vote down the Iran agreement as a resolution of disapproval is introduced in the House of Representatives.

During a speech at American University in Washington, DC, Obama will argue that lawmakers’ decision on the Iran accord “should not even be a close call,” the White House said in a statement.

Republican leaders in Congress said on Tuesday that the US House of Representatives will vote to reject the nuclear agreement in September, setting up a conflict with the Obama administration.

It is unclear at this point whether the Senate will reject the nuclear agreement with Iran, “but certainly the House will vote against it,” Hallinan said.

The analyst added that congressional lawmakers do not have enough votes to override a presidential veto. “I would say that what’s going to happen is that the veto will be upheld and the agreement will go through.

Most Republican lawmakers oppose the nuclear accord. However, they need a two-thirds vote in both chambers of Congress to override a presidential veto and to reach that threshold.

Under legislation President Obama signed in May, Congress has until September 17 to review and vote to either approve or disapprove of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action announced by Iran and the P5+1 group of countries on July 14.



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